Orange-headed Thrush EEP

Breeding programme

The Orange-headed Thrush EEP aims to maintain a sustainable ex-situ population and gain better understanding of which sub-species are housed. Separating the population in to correct sub-species where possible.

Promote and coordinate research into population dynamics, nutrition, behaviour including use of UV light for welfare.

Develop links with in-region facilities and assess the potential to establish an EAZA population of threatened G. c. rubecula.

Develop links to in-situ conservation and research projects and investigate opportunities for collaboration.


July 2021: Updated Orange-headed Thrush EEP Factsheet

February 2020: EEP approved, Coordinator Lisa Ward


2008: Paul Jepson, Orange headed thrush and the avian x-factor. BirdingAsia 9 (2008): 58-60

2011: Ign Kristianto and Paul Jepson, Harvesting orange-headed thrush (Zoothera citrina) chicks in Bali, Indonesia: magnitude, practices and sustainability. Fauna & Flora International, Oryx, 45(4): 492–499 doi:10.1017/S0030605310001481